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Re: New to TEFL, not to teaching
My girlfriend and I want to relocate abroad somewhere to teach English for a while so we can support ourselves with good employment while being immersed in a foreign language culture.
In my opinion, the most important factor in answering the questions that follow is where you want to go. When it comes to TESOL, the planet is far too big to give accurate advice against a backdrop of wanting to teach "somewhere."
1) For our goals, does CELTA or Trinity have any important advantages over the other?
Are there other qualifications we should be looking at instead?
The advantage of having a CELTA or Trinity certificate varies from country to country and by type of school. If you could further elaborate upon "your goals," it would help to frame and filter responses to your question.
2) Might Mandy's bilinguism and experience teaching Spanish open more possibilities that we should look into? (She is certainly as open to teaching Spanish as English.)
I have seen ads specifically targeted at Canadian EFL teachers who are bilingual and able to teach the occasional French class as well. I'm sure similar opportunities exist for fluent speakers of other languages whom schools can leverage as required to meet local market demand for lessons in other foreign languages.
3) How much of an obstacle will traveling together be in finding work?
I think you will find that many schools are open to and even prioritize hiring couples.